When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Deborah Andrew
  • Course Code W24FASF04A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn about one of the most sustainable way of making garments in this exploration of Zero Waste Garment Making. Zero Waste has come to the fore in recent years as one of the most exciting new developments in the fashion field as a part of global sustainability initiatives in response to the climate crisis. Both reviving old methodologies and inventing new ones to suit current tastes is part of this movement to help reduce the impact of clothing on the planet. This course gives a deeper understanding of the specific methods needed to work in this way and how cloth usage and design interact in a different way where zero waste leads design and design follows the cloth. Individual projects will be agreed on with the tutor in accordance with your skill level.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use sewing techniques specific to Zero Waste Clothes Making
  • Understand how to make more sustainable clothing
  • Use all elements of cloth within a garment
  • Finish a Zero Waste Garment

Class format and activities

Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate. You will receive feedback throughout your course to help you develop your skills. For you to be able to achieve on this practical class punctuality and attendance are key. Please inform your tutor of any absences. Microsoft Teams will be used for general class specific communication and for posting additional information. Health and safety inductions are planned into your course delivery, and you are asked not to use any machinery or specialist equipment until you have received specific training. Morley provides a positive and friendly atmosphere and to support this all students should be considerate and kind and work in a collegiate and collaborative way and to not monopolise the tutor.

Entry requirements

This is a mixed level course, all are welcome.

What you need to know before you enrol

Activities in class can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be difficult for you. Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear building and there is lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating and drinking is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water. Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English. Digital, mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential.

What you need

A basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure a variety of hand sewing needles and sewing threads A basic note taking kit: notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener, rubber, calculator, A4 ring binder for hand outs -You must provide your own materials, haberdashery, threads, etc. for your projects. You will need to provide or purchase a pattern for your garment (these cost on average no more than £20) and this will be discussed towards the beginning of your course. -Some specialised materials, including calico for toiling, are available for purchase from your tutor at cost price -Some pattern cutting and garment construction tools are provided for use in the studio -Paper and card are available for use in the studio -Depending on your class you may need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.

What you can do next

Ready for more? So are we! Try our Zero waste Pattern Cutting course or our Draping on the Stand course next to continue building on your skills or explore some of our other Clothes Making and Pattern Cutting courses. Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk today for more inspiration and information!